Many families opt for sterilisation surgery to prevent them conceiving another child. However, sometimes this type of procedure can go wrong and can lead to unwanted pregnancy. If this has happened to you, a claim for compensation could go some way to making up for the distress caused.
The failed sterilisation solicitors at JMW are highly experienced in helping families to make a successful claim, securing them money that can make a huge difference to their lives. Contact us today by calling 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back.
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Case study: failed sterilisation leads to two unwanted pregnancies - £25,000
Ruth, 40, twice fell pregnant after doctors failed to carry out a sterilisation to an appropriate standard. The first pregnancy was not viable and had to be terminated and the second time Ruth also opted for a termination. This had a huge emotional impact on Ruth, which could have been avoided had the sterilisation been done properly.
Sophie Fox, one of Hospital Negligence’s specialist solicitors, secured Ruth £25,000 in compensation for her pain and suffering.
Pregnancy after sterilisation
Ruth and her partner had three children and felt their family was complete. When it came to light that a contraceptive coil she had had fitted had moved to the wrong position she agreed with doctors that this would be removed and she would have a sterilisation at the same time. After the procedure Ruth was informed that it had gone well.
However almost a year later much to Ruth’s shock she found out that she was pregnant. A scan revealed that the pregnancy was not viable and Ruth would have to have a termination.
Ruth was told that she could undergo a further sterilisation using a different technique and her name was added to the waiting list. When the time came for the procedure the consultant told Ruth that this time she would make sure it was done properly and would work.
During the procedure it emerged that during the original sterilisation one of the clips that was placed on the right fallopian tube had been placed incorrectly.
Another pregnancy and a termination
A few months later Ruth found out she was pregnant again, this time with a viable embryo. This was an extremely distressing situation as after discussions with her partner they came to the heart-breaking decision to have a termination. Ruth had found the previous termination extremely traumatic and did not want to go through another one however due to their circumstances the couple did not feel there was any other option.
Further sterilisation and pain
Ruth underwent the second sterilisation under a general anaesthetic and a few months later had both her fallopian tubes removed. Ruth took a long time to recover from having her tubes removed and relied heavily on her family for her care.
Although Ruth eventually made a full recovery her experience left her psychological scars. After the second termination she became depressed and she continues to struggle with the emotional aspect of her ordeal.
After contacting the team at Hospital Negligence for advice Ruth’s case was taken on by specialist solicitor Sophie Fox. Sophie was successful in securing Ruth £25,000 in compensation and apology from the hospital trust responsible.
Female and male sterilisation
Both women and men can undergo sterilisation surgery to prevent them from having any more children. Female sterilisation involves the blocking or sealing of the fallopian tubes. These tubes link the ovaries to the uterus and so blocking them should prevent the woman's eggs from reaching the womb and therefore eliminating the likelihood of the egg becoming sterilised by sperm.
Male sterilisation is also known as a vasectomy and involves the cutting, blocking or sealing of the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. You can find out more about failed vasectomies on our dedicated page here.
Unfortunately, not all sterilisation procedures progress as they should, and a failed sterilisation can have very serious consequences, including unwanted pregnancy and physical complications. An unwanted pregnancy will lead to the parents having to make the difficult decision of whether to keep the child they had not planned to have or to terminate the pregnancy. Such decisions can heavily impact a person psychologically, and could lead to feelings of depression and guilt.
Sterilisation could go wrong for any number of reasons, including if the medical professional did not carry out the procedure correctly or if they were not adequately trained to perform it.
Your doctor may have acted negligently if, for example, they:
- Did not cut or clamp the fallopian tubes properly during female sterilisation
- Did not cut the sperm duct correctly during a vasectomy
- Did not advise you on what to do and what not to do following your operation, such as continuing to use contraception for four months after a vasectomy due to sperm remaining in the tubes leading to the penis
The solicitors at Hospital Negligence are experienced in helping to determine whether or not a failed sterilisation was due to a medical professional's negligence. A failed sterilisation could, for example, occur due to the fallopian tubes or the sperm duct regrowing naturally. These are recognised risks of this type of surgery and it is important to be able to correctly identify what has caused the problem.
If it is determined that the failed sterilisation was caused by negligence and not natural causes, we can help you make a claim to access the compensation to which you are entitled.
Talk to us
Speak to our failed sterilisation solicitors to discuss your situation and find out more about the options available to you. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back.